Registered Counselling Therapists hold a counselling-related master’s degree as a minimum level of education. We complete 2,000 hours of supervised postgraduate clinical work which includes 800 direct therapist-client counselling hours. To maintain our license, we engage in at least 12 hours of professional development a year.
RCTs and RCT-Cs are accountable to Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, the Counselling Therapists Act, and all applicable laws in Nova Scotia. The college ensures that all practicing members in the province meet and maintain licensing requirements and adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice referenced in the Act. The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness introduced the Act in 2008.
The profession of counselling therapy in Nova Scotia spans over 20 years. Counselling therapists were first registered under the Societies Act (1995) and the former Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists.